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October 10, 2012
Steps for Change
Join the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) for the 2nd Steps for Change, domestic violence awareness walk/run on Saturday, October 13. Interested citizens can enter the walk/run with a $10 registration fee, with all proceeds benefiting the United Family Services’ Shelter for Battered Women, located in Mecklenburg County.
Saturday, October 13
8 - 11 a.m.
Alexander Graham Middle School Track
1800 Runnymede Lane
To pre-register for the event or to make a donation, visit Unitedfamilyservices.org.
Tree Banding Grants
Neighborhood & Business Services is asking citizens to help control the cankerworm population by banding trees in their communities.
Through the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood Matching Grants Fund, neighborhood organizations can apply for up to $3,000 to assist with banding trees in their community, including those located on private property. There is NO income eligibility to receive a Tree Banding Program Neighborhood Matching Grant; you simply must be located within or adjacent to the Cankerworm Infestation Area.
Grant applications will be accepted through October 15. Visit the Tree Banding Grant webpage to complete the online application or more information, contact Aisha Alexander.
Register for Runway 5K
CLT’s Sixth Annual Runway 5K Run will be held on Saturday, October 27. Last year’s run drew close to 2,000 participants and raised more than $20,000 for LifeSpan. Runners and walkers can register now to receive a reduced rate.
Adults and Children
Prior to October 15
October 15 – 26
Race proceeds will benefit LifeSpan’s Community Activity and Employment Transition Program (CAET). LifeSpan is a nonprofit organization that assists children and adults with developmental disabilities by providing education, employment and enrichment opportunities. Fifteen LifeSpan participants currently work at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Register for the event here.
Charlotte Recycles Event
The Keep Charlotte Beautiful Committee is hosting a Charlotte Recycles event on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Tryon Street Wal-Mart. Citizens can bring documents, files and other paper to be shredded and drop off their old electronic items (cell phones, TV’s, printers, etc.). Participants can learn about recycling, get some cool giveaways and help the environment.
This local recycling event is part of Keep America Beautiful’ s national program, America Recycles DaySM, which is the only nationally recognized community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the county have participated in American Recycles Day to educate, promote environmental citizenship and encourage action.
Saturday, November 10
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8180 S. Tryon Street
Visit the Neighborhood & Business Services’ webpage for more information.
Panther Tailgate Recycling Volunteers
Solid Waste Services has teamed up for another year with the Carolina Panthers, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Bojangles' and Charlotte Center City Partners to sack waste and score big for recycling with the Tailgate Recycling Program. Thus far, the City has collected more than eight tons of recyclables from tailgate recyclers during Panther home games.
Volunteers are being recruited to assist parking lot operators in distributing extra recycling bags and sharing information with fans about what to recycle and with collection instructions.
Click here for more program and volunteer information.
Fire Safety Tips
The Charlotte Fire Department would like to remind citizens to "Stay Alert, Stay Safe, to Stay Alive,” by having a specific escape plan in the event of a fire. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can grow out of control and become a major fire. Prepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household. Here are some tips to consider when preparing your escape plan include:
- Draw a map of each level of your home showing all doors and windows. Find two ways to exit each room and make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
- Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Use the ladder only in a real emergency.
- Teach children how to escape in the event that they are alone.
- Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.
- Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
Click here to find out more about planning a fire escape route for your family.
Albemarle Road Park and Ride
Earlier this month, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) opened the Albemarle Road Park and Ride station. The new park and ride has 231 parking spaces available for CATS riders on Routes 9 Central Avenue and 40X Albemarle Road Express.
The Albemarle Road Park and Ride replaces the City Save-a-Lot #1 Park and Ride allowing for modifications to Routes 9 and 40X. The new lot includes surface parking, a driver comfort station and passenger amenities such as benches, trash cans, surveillance equipment, secure bicycle parking, emergency blue light telephones and lighting. The park and ride also includes landscaping and an Art in Transit element. The Art in Transit component, located in the comfort station, consists of a glass mosaic tile mural designed by artist Marcelo Novo. Visit the CATS webpage for more information about the Park and Ride station and route modifications.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. In this episode, you will discover the City’s FY12 report card scores, embark on the American Presidential Experience, learn how Charlotte citizens like to travel, find out how to react when you cross paths with a snake, and much more!
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source online at www.charlottenc.gov by clicking on the GOV Channel logo.
For additional information, be sure to visit www.charlottenc.gov, or the City of Charlotte’s official Twitter and Facebook pages.
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